First measurable snowfall causes slick roads, crashes
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It’s finally beginning to look like winter with the first measurable snowfall of the season Thursday morning.
Bands of lake effect snow were forecasted to drop one to three inches of snow in Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph Counties.
Multiple crashes were documented by St. Joseph County Dispatch along with the South Bend Police Department reporting that emergency crews responded to over one dozen crashes by 7:30 a.m.
Other crashes were reported in Berrien County on I-94 and in Van Buren County on M-51.
Officials around Michiana took to twitter in response to the weather.
1st snowfall= more crashes. We've seen more than a dozen already this a.m. Hills and intersections extremely slick. Please give extra travel time & distance between vehicles. Arrive alive, safe, and crash free!! Think of yourself AND others...— South Bend Police (@southbendpolice) December 7, 2017
PLEASE SLOW Down! Posted Speed Limits are for ideal conditions! Your safety and the safety of others depends on you driving safely!— D.A.R.E. Mishawaka (@DAREMishawaka) December 7, 2017
Plows are out treating various areas but until they handle your specific route, keep following Michigan's Basic Speed Law and drive to the current conditions, which probably means slow down.— Michigan DOT (@MichiganDOT) December 7, 2017
Another crash at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and Angela Boulevard resulted in the pile up of at least nine vehicles, unattended by emergency personnel for over an hour, per one of the drivers involved.
No one was injured in either crash.